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Reviewed by Lindsay Yocum

Allie Crawford is a fantastic mother of two, a struggling writer and a highly respected public relations executive who has a seriously exhausting husband. She is all too often frustrated and exasperated, to say the least. And while her character was very relatable in some aspects, her blatant insecurities and blind eye made me cringe at times.

In this story we meet Allie’s over the top “high rolling” boss, Murray Hillsinger, who heavily relies on Allie’s way with words to get high profile clients and personalities to support his firm. We also get to know Allie’s magazine editor husband, Wade, (who is without a doubt the most self-centered, exhausting individual on the planet) and the elusive and gorgeous, Jackie Malone, who turns Allie’s world upside down after catching her in a not so innocent situation with her husband.

The story wavers back and forth between Allie coming to terms with a marriage that always seems to be on the cusp of breaking, and being oblivious to things happening right in front of her nose.

Even though I really enjoyed this book, there were parts and characters that didn’t seem to quite fit in it–at least to me. We learned of Allie’s childhood tragedy in the first chapter of this book and while that in itself was riveting, The Idea of Him candle2it didn’t make much sense to me to throw it in there. It was revisited a few times but only to bring in James, Allie’s childhood friend and “first love” who experienced the tragedy with her. James fit in the story because he acted as a muse for Allie during her screen writing class, where we met Tommy. Tommy and Allie’s relationship stifled me at times because it just didn’t seem realistic and was always going nowhere.

Allie always seemed to be at war with herself. She was so unforgiving of things she couldn’t change in her past, but was so forgiving towards the men in her life that continuously let her down. Her unlikely friendship with Jackie was a saving grace in this book because sometimes you wanted to reach inside the book to shake some sense into Allie. Jackie was able to maneuver Allie where she needed to be to open her eyes to the grim reality of her marriage, finances, and her job.

I honestly could not put this book down, or finish it fast enough. There was a lot going on in the book that made taking a break from it feel like torture. There were some definite shockers that happened – especially at the end – that I did not see coming at all. However, the ending of the book seemed forced and after enduring a roller coaster ride for most of the book, I was slightly disappointed. Overall though, it was a great read. It was gripping, at times intense, and always left you guessing. I’d highly recommend it. Holly Peterson did a wonderful job, and I look forward to reading more by her.

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Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Lindsay Yocum resides in California with her 5 year old firecracker daughter, Bear, and her hilarious husband. She spends her free time traveling, baking, ruining DIY crafts she finds on Pinterest, and running, when she isn’t nose deep in a book.

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